The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Law Department (Authority) has an exciting career opportunity for a highly qualified attorney to join its Manhattan-based 125+ person team. The position will handle the broad and interesting variety of legal work required for the Authority to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well rules and policies adopted pursuant to the Authority’s Compact, its enabling statutes, and bi-state legislation governing the policies and programs being implemented to advance its mission.
This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to work on an extraordinary range of sophisticated legal matters. The selected candidate will have an ability to contribute in a meaningful way to current and future regional transportation programs and a broad array of initiatives that the Authority is undertaking in the New York-New Jersey region.
This position reports directly to the Assistant General Counsel of Litigation and will encompass an extraordinary range of sophisticated litigation work to handle the broad and interesting variety of legal work required for the Authority to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well rules and policies adopted pursuant to the Authority’s Compact, its enabling statutes, and bi-state legislation governing the policies and programs being implemented to advance its mission.
The selected candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to the following. A more detailed description will be discussed at the interview.
Represent the Agency in state and federal court proceedings and administrative proceedings involving commercial matters
Prepare cases for and manage litigation at all levels and at various stages, including but not limited to demand, mediation, motions practice, discovery, trial, and appeal
Manage significant financial, strategic, and reputational risks to the agency while eliciting input from key internal stakeholders and communicating effectively with senior management
Give accurate and timely counsel to client departments on a variety of legal topics, offering proactive advice on possible legal issues and providing business-friendly options
Manage outside counsel services, including legal spend and legal fee approvals
Ensure the Port Authority conducts its business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
Advise the General Counsel, the First Deputy General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel, Executive Officers, Agency Chiefs, Department Directors, and other senior management on litigation matters pertaining to the Port Authority
Stay abreast of new laws, legal decisions, legal and legislative actions that affect the Port Authority and advise senior staff of their implications
Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:
Law degree from a top tier or highly regarded law school
Member of the Bar in good standing in a relevant state jurisdiction
5 years to 10 years of experience with emphasis in litigation gained through a combination of major law firm and in-house or government roles of increasing visibility and responsibility
Ideal candidates will present the following profile:
Detail-oriented with strong litigation, analytical, and drafting skills, accompanied by outstanding communication skills
Proven track record to perform effectively under pressure and to reconcile conflicting priorities toward resolution
Exercise sound judgment, with savvy approach to recognition of intersection of public, business, and political components of work
Ability to think strategically and to act decisively regarding legal challenges facing the agency with the ability to balance and manage risk within time constraints
Ability to take ownership of, and responsibility for, managing legal work on large, complex projects with aggressive completion deadlines
Operate in a constantly evolving complex legal environment, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and integrity
Ability to train and mentor attorneys with different skill levels
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, One Drive, Outlook, PowerPoint, Share Point, Word), Adobe Acrobat and familiarity with document/matter management systems)
Creative problem-solver with high integrity and ethics; able to find pragmatic legal solutions to business issue
Willingness to work collectively and ethically, in a matrixed organization, considering multiple stakeholder views
Emphasis on professional and self-development
Engagement among colleagues and business teams in a collegial and business-friendly manner